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Depression is a Mood Disorder


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There are many depression treatments and the type of treatment required will depend on the extent of the depression. Medication is the most common type of treatment that is given to a patient that is suffering from major depression. The use of antidepressants has been proven to be very effective. However, medication does not often help all by itself. A form of therapy is often necessary. The effectiveness of the medications with therapy is not known because of the inadequate time that is given to patients to recover from their depression. Every patient will require a time frame that is unique to them and their illness. It is impossible to predict how long it will take for a patient to recover from their illness.

Psychotherapies can help a patient gain some insight into the problems that they are experiencing and offer some solutions to those problems. This is accomplished through talking with a trained therapist. These types of treatment for depression can help someone who has suffered from a long-term depression. It will help learn coping skills to deal with the problems that occur in daily life. It is important for the depressed person to be patient with their treatment. It will take time to get to the root of the depression and find a suitable treatment. There may be a combination of medications that will work well for a patient or sometimes just one medication is all that is necessary. Psychotherapy and medication used in combination can also be very effective in the treatment of depression.

It is important that the patient not discontinue any medications on his or her own. While they are not addictive there could be some unpleasant side effects when the medication is stopped suddenly. One of the most common side effects is a returning of the depression symptoms. When a depressed person begins to feel better they may believe that they can successfully stop taking the medication and still feel well, however, this could cause them a great many problems.

Keep those around you who are supportive. It is very important that the depressed patient have a good solid support system to help them through their difficult time. Family members and friends can give a great deal of emotional support for their depressed loved one. They can also report to the therapist any times that the patient stops medications or is having a relapse of their depression symptoms.

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